I like to knit, I find it very relaxing. When my daughter was in high school we had a great group of women, including Nicole’s French teacher curling up on several couch’s, eating scrumptous appetizers and sharing fun stories while catching up on each other’s lives. While everyone around me was doing complicated patterns for sweaters, I was a very beginning knitter, staying in my comfort zone of simple projects like dish cloths or muffler’s, I never did graduate into an accompished knitter. I still have those cotton dish clothes stacked neatly underneath my kitchen sink~do I ever use them? No, I always think they are too nice to wipe the counter, so I grab the yellow sponge to do it’s duty.
The Fiberart Guild of Pittsburgh has a new project. To wrap the Andy Warhol Bridge in Allegany. The Allegheny County Council voted unanimously to approval “Knit the Bridge”, and will be “yarn bombed” from August 10-September 7, 2013.
Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegany River in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist.
Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans built in the United States.
The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum.
In case you have not heard of the term “yarn bombing”, it is an art movement that covers anything-including trees, bikes, military tanks, buses and buildings. Until now, no group in the world has attempted to yarn bomb a bridge this large. This event, if completed, will mark the largest project of its kind ever tackled in the United States.
The large group of supporters includes 1,256 individuals and more than 100 organizations from across the county. These volunteers will create 580 panels, each 3 feet by 6 feet, to drape the length of the bridge.
After the panels are removed, they’ll be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters, or perhaps stay neatly folded underneath a kitchen sink.